Sarina man learns hard lesson about drink-driving
DRUNK and aggro, Matthew Murray Mulholland kicked the Perspex barrier in the back of a cop car until it cracked.
The Sarina scaffolder had just learned you did not have to physically be driving a car to be charged with drink-driving.
Nearly twice the limit, he had been sitting in the driver's seat with the keys in the ignition while on the phone at 10.13pm when Sarina police were sent to Broad St over reports of a suspect vehicle.
When the breathalyser returned a positive result he was taken back the police station and during the drive he unleashed his frustration in the back of the pod.
Tests revealed his blood alcohol reading was 0.096%.
"I was upset because I wasn't actually driving the car," he said, adding he had been arranging a lift home.
"I knew I was drunk and I knew I was over the limit."
But Mackay Magistrates Court heard since that date on November 1 last year Mulholland had ignored court appearances and a warrant had to be issued.
Self represented, he told the court he did not receive the paperwork detailing his appearance in June despite admitting to being sent other more advantageous court letters relating to COVID delays.
"What do you think I came down in yesterday's shower," Magistrate Damien Dwyer said.
"You say you got the ones that were advantageous to you, but you didn't get the one that wasn't … I mean that's just silly."
Mulholland pleaded guilty to being in charge of a vehicle while over the general alcohol limit and wilful damage of police property.
He was fined $1250, ordered to pay $191.40 restitution and disqualified from driving for six months.